Estonia to support curbing spread of coronavirus in world's poorest countries

  • 2020-04-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonia is to allocated 100,000 euros for the prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus and mitigation of the consequences of the virus in the world's poorest countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries and health organizations around the world to support the poorest countries in the fight against the coronavirus, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Estonia, in solidarity with other governments, wishes to contribute to preventing an epidemic with a global spread. "The coronavirus has spread around the entire world. If we want to get the spread of the virus under control and protect the health of all of us, we must be able to do so in all countries of the world," he added.

Estonia will provide 100,000 euros to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate its consequences in the world's poorest countries, the money will be allocated from the sums provided for development and humanitarian aid in the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The funds raised will be used mainly for the supply of medical and laboratory equipment to developing countries in need, water, sanitation and hygiene clusters in densely populated areas and camps. Assistance will also be provided in informing the population about the spread of the virus, training and guidance for health care professionals, and logistical support for the delivery of assistance.